Class of 2012
Lead Designer, Eclipse Product Development
As the Lead Industrial Designer at Eclipse Product Development, August prioritizes user-centered design throughout the medical product development process. By utilizing human factors standards and user-testing research, he delivers functional, intuitive solutions for complex medical procedures. August has worked with innovative and accomplished surgeons to realize their novel ideas as well as major medical companies looking to optimize their unique surgical offerings.
Recent projects include designing a full instrumentation set for cardiac tricuspid valve repair, implant and surgical technique design for various spinal fusion surgeries, and insertion/removal instrumentation for a breakthrough diabetic implant.
August uses a methodical approach to best understand the nuances of the surgical procedures which benefit from his design expertise. He believes that it is critical to develop physical prototypes early to begin to understand all of the factors at play. These mock-ups may be rudimentary at first (rubber bands are a favorite resource), but they are invaluable in shedding light on some of the challenges a surgeon faces in the operating room arena.
iBOOSTvbr is a Vertebral Body Replacement Implant intended to support and fuse multiple vertebral bodies in the spine. When a patient has unstable, damaged, or collapsed vertebral bodies from tumor or trauma, surrounding nerves may become pinched, causing significant pain. BOOSTvbr provides anterior column support to restore the original positioning of the spine. Competitive implants are either constructed of titanium or PEEK (plastic), with each material providing certain benefits.
BOOSTvbr Insertion Tool
The BOOSTvbr is a hybrid of the two materials, offering the strength and rigidity of titanium, while leveraging the compressive cushioning of the PEEK core. The insertion tool offers further advantage to the surgeon by providing tactile feedback while expanding the implant to the optimal height. Numerous iterations of implant design, instrumentation design, and surgical technique were explored to develop the most robust implant and intuitive surgical technique.